Oily skin – should you moisturise?

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Oily skin is one of the most common skincare problems people face, and dealing with it can be tough. Not only is it important to find a way to manage it well, but the side effects – breakouts, open pores, greasiness – can be a nightmare too. But like all aspects of skincare, it’s important to find long-term fixes that not only have an immediate effect but will also condition skin and have a positive impact going forward.

I could write all day about some of my favourite products to help manage oily and combination skin but, in this post, I wanted to look at one of the most common myths and misconceptions people have about dealing with oiliness – that you should steer clear of moisturisers.

First of all, I completely understand the mindset – if skin feels (and I hate this word) moist, then it would be logical that it doesn’t need to be moisturised. However, oily skin and hydrated skin are two very different things. In fact, more often than not they’re the opposite.

Oily skin occurs when a person has overactive sebaceous glands – which are under each of the skin’s pores. Everyone has them, and their job is to secrete natural oil to help keep skin hydrated and healthy. However, if these work too much, it can leave the skin with excess oil – which is when it becomes a problem.

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A number of factors can cause oily skin, and it can be genetic. However, in several instances, oily skin can be caused by various extraneous factors, including age, skincare regimes, and the environment. That means many of us will experience the issue at some point in our lives, and when it comes to dealing with any kind of skin issue, consistency is key.

I always talk about having a solid, effective regime, and if you are struggling with problem skin, it’s time to adapt. While overusing chemical exfoliants or scrubs could be problematic, too much hydration is never the issue – but it’s something that people ditch from their routine if they’re experiencing greasy skin, which just makes it worse.

Fact: The majority of people suffering from oily skin also have dehydrated skin. So, don’t ditch – adapt. instead of using heavy products, opt for lightweight moisturisers and serums. Depending on how oily your skin is, you might not need a moisturiser at all, but a serum is always a good base and will ensure you’re doing what’s best for your skin.

So I wanted to share three of my favourite serums that are lightweight but super hydrating – meaning they’re not going to aggravate the issue further. All three are rich in Hyaluronic Acid, which helps skin retain moisture, and will help keep it looking fresh, plump and lifted.

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I couldn’t talk about Hyaluronic serums without mention my favourite Hydrating H Serum from DAYTOX. Also packed with Vitamin B5 – a Pantothenic Acid which helps skin absorb moisture from the air – this is one of my favourite serums, and does a great job. It’s also not greasy, a little goes a long way, and it’s totally affordable – what’s not to love? [Side note: I’m using their Vitamin C serum at the minute and I’m almost torn over which is my favourite. That also has Hyaluronic and it’s anti-oxidant rich. Try them both!]

Slightly more expensive but very good indeed is Hyaluronic Serum 200 from Evolve. I’m testing a few of their products at the minute and this is one of my favourites so far. Bit of background – it’s a natural and organic brand from the UK and comes with an impressive list of active ingredients. It’s also free of alcohol and all those nasty things, so great for more sensitive skin. In terms of serums, I wouldn’t say it’s my favourite ever, but it does absorb nicely and doesn’t leave a residue, which is perfect if you’re struggling with excess oil.

And finally one of my favourites – Neutrogena’s Hydro Boost Capsule-In-Serum. Just looking at this product makes me happy. It’s a Hyaluronic serum with Vitamin E capsules – yes, actual capsules – that slowly dispense into the serum as it’s pumped out. That means the product is the most effective as you apply because it maintains its efficacy until the moment of use. But it’s not just a gimmick – I love love love, and this would certainly be a top choice if you live in a city and want an all-in-one product that’s hydrating, effective against pollution, and kind to oily skin.

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